Monday, April 6, 2009

Rutherford's Letters

Samuel Rutherford is one of my favorite authors. He was a Scottish Presbyterian theologian and one of the Scottish Commissioners to the Westminster Assembly. Rutherford's political book Lex, Rex (meaning "the law [and] the king" or "the law [is] king") was an explicit refutation of the doctrine of "Rex Lex" or "the king is the law." His argument against "Rex Lex" was based on Deuteronomy 17, and it supported the rule by law rather than rule by men, based on such concepts as the separation of powers and the covenant, a precursor to the social contract.
His devotional books are more widely known, including Christ Dying and Drawing Sinners to Himself and his Letters. Concerning his Letters, Charles Spurgeon wrote: "When we are dead and gone let the world know that Spurgeon held Rutherford’s Letters to be the nearest thing to inspiration which can be found in all the writings of mere men." Here are some of my favorite quotes:
“You will not be carried to Heaven lying at ease upon a feather bed.”

“When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord's choicest wines.”

“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn. After every storm, there comes clear, open skies.”

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